Welcome to another Portland blog and Happy Holidays! We hope everyone has a safe and lovely holiday full of family, friends and laughter. If you're still shopping, remember, shop local! Support the local businesses and the Portlanders who work there. We have so many awesome local PDX businesses to choose from, too. A recent discovery for me is The Backyard Bird Shop. What an incredible place. They are 100% local and just celebrated their 20th year. They have a mindboggling array of all-things-bird and the employees I talked to were extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. I loved that they made it a priority to offer locally crafted feeders and locally made suet. The Backyard Bird Shop has joined my list of favorite local Portland stores.
If you are feeling like the days are getting a little bit longer, well, they are. The Winter Solstice- just yesterday, December 22- is the date that marks the beginning of shortened nights and longer days. It will be spring before we know it and knowing Portland, it will feel like spring long before she officially arrives. I have already seen shoots of life on my neighborhood walks. Winter has been so fair that even my foxgloves are still in bloom.
Foxglove in December
A big thank you to the Weather Gods that made this the driest and sunniest December on record.
In other news: We are so excited for the return of Portlandia! Being made --relentlessly-- fun of never felt so darned good. I can't wait to see what the season has in store for us. Here's a cheers to Portlandia Season 2 starting on January 6, 2012!
Just up! Our Portland New Years Eve Guide! Check back frequently or RSS for updates!
The Portland Photo of the Week
The Portland Photo of the Week is by local artist and photographer, Fasai. This shot captures a clear Portland sky during sunset. Rare and beautiful!
Our Portland Photo of the Week winner receives a gift certificate to a local Portland business of our choosing. Our giveaway for the month of December is a $20 gift certificate to Coava Coffee Roasters. If you've not been to their incredible roastery and tasting room, stop reading now and go. There is a reason why the New Yorker and The New York Times keep a regular pulse on the happenings at Coava...they are amazing and truly unparalled. Read all about the Portland coffee scene and learn more about coffee, what makes a great cafe and who the cafe rockstars are in our fair PDX.
Portland Christmas Lights- A Tour
Portland Christmas Lights Guide - Portland's well known Grotto, Zoo Lights, Portland Christmas Ships, Peacock Lane, and Portland International Raceway Christmas lights are hot spots this time of year. Go and experience them! Tis the season!
Featured Portland Events
Here are the featured Portland events this week focusing on events happening this weekend or those just around the corner! Thanks to everyone for adding all the great Portland events to the community events calendar. You can add your own Portland events directly to the events calendar for free (pleased read our terms of service first). Just click "Add an Event" and fill in the details.
December 8, 2011 at 7pm to January 1, 2012 at 2pm –Imago Theatre ZOOZOO In Portland for the holiday season with the World Premiere of "Cats!" Imago brings to life the antics of our everyday household cat in a not so everyday way. Don't miss the premiere of "Cats!"…Organized by Imago Theatre | Type: theatre
November 2, 2011 at 10am to January 22, 2012 at 5pm – Portland Art Museum Ghost Ships is a trio of actual sailboats that have been reconfigured and programmed by the artist to periodically unfurl sails, pivot rudders, and simulate navigation. The sailboats will seem to sai…
November 25, 2011 to January 1, 2012 – "Oregon Zoo" Annual holiday lights display at the Oregon Zoo! Celebrate the holiday season amid the sparkling lights and brilliant hues of ZooLights.* More than a million lights transform the Oregon Zoo into a…Organized by Zoo Lights | Type: zoo lights
November 25, 2011 at 4pm to January 1, 2012 at 4pm – Alberta Main Street Alberta Main Street presents Tannenbaum Madness Tannenbaum Madness is a walking window tour of whimsical, wacky and artistic trees. Over 30 Alberta Street businesses are creating sights not to be mis…Organized by Alberta Main Street | Type: holiday, fun
November 5, 2011 at 11am to March 3, 2012 at 1pm –Portland Downtown Central Library Turn your Rosetta-stone brain on high and unravel the mysteries hidden in the stacks, on the walls, and places you never imagined existed in a public library. Upon arrival, a highly-trained Run Brai…Organized by Gary Corbin | Type: scavenger, hunt
November 15, 2011 at 7:30pm to December 24, 2011at 7:30pm – Artists Repertory Theatre - Alder Stage Will Sherlock Holmes crack his own case? Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Ebenezer Scrooge in an unusual holiday show crafted by Seattle veteran play…Organized by Artists Repertory Theatre | Type:performance
November 18, 2011 at 10am to December 24, 2011 at 7pm – St. John's district, Old Salvation Army Building, across the street from Pattie's Home Plate A craft market with unique, handmade art and crafts such as quilts, jewelry, wood carvings, stuffed animals, high-quality prints of original paintings, and more! Store Hours: Mon - Sat 10 am - 7 pm;…Organized by Laura Woodruff | Type: art/craft, market,for, the, holidays, and, other, occasions
December 10, 2011 to December 24, 2011 – Portland Japanese Garden Visit the Portland Japanese Garden during the month of December and find beautifully handcrafted nature-inspired gifts for the home, garden, and everyday living. Choose from a wide selection of one-…Organized by Portland Japanese Garden | Type: art,show, and, sale
Looking for something else? We have a ton of other local Portland events on the calendar. Please feel free to add your own as well.
Mother's Bistro by Michael Barton
December 2011 Portland Oregon Real Estate Condo Market Report
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